How To Rip a DVD with Mplayer

February 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: command line, FOSS, HowTo, linux, video 

I run a media server at home to feed music and movies to my LG smart TV (affiliate link). Ripping the family's DVD collection is one of my tasks as the resident computer geek. Normally, Handbrake is my go-to tool for this type of thing, but in this case it was unable to detect the correct title from the DVD structure. In this tutorial I'll show how to rip a DVD on Linux with Mplayer.
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Create And Manage Encrypted Folders in Linux With encfs

October 20, 2013 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: command line, FOSS, HowTo, linux, Linux Mint, Ubuntu 

There are times when you want certain information on your computer protected from prying eyes. One way to protect your information is to encrypt your home directory. However, that does not protect your information when you are logged on to your computer. I've shown in the past how you can use Cryptkeeper to create an encrypted folder on your system. Cryptkeeper is a graphical front end to encfs. encfs allows you to create an encrypted folder and then mount it as a user filesystem using FUSE. In this tutorial I'll show how to use encfs from the command line to create and manage an encrypted folder on Linux.
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Review: Linux Mint 14 MATE Edition

January 19, 2013 by · 3 Comments
Filed under: Distro Review, FOSS, linux, Linux Mint 

My last review of Linux Mint was for the Cinnamon edition of Linux Mint 13 "Maya". Linux Mint 14 "Nadia" was released back on Nov. 20, 2112, but with all of the hustle and bustle of the winter holidays, I didn't have time to install it and write up a review until now.

For this review I'm using both the 64 bit and 32 bit versions of Linux Mint 14 with the MATE desktop. The 64 bit version was installed inside a VirtualBox virtual machine on my desktop computer. The 32 bit version was installed on my MSI Wind U100 netbook. I started off by downloading the 64 bit Live DVD version of Linux Mint 14.1 over bittorrent. The torrent was running fast and my download completed in a little more than 30 minutes. This was most likely limited by my modest Internet connection. Read more

Distro Review: Linux Mint 13 “Maya” Cinnamon Edition

May 26, 2012 by · 9 Comments
Filed under: Distro Review, FOSS, gnome, linux, Linux Mint, review, Ubuntu 

On May 23, 2012, Linux Mint 13 "Maya" was released. There are two desktop flavors available, the MATE Edition and the Cinnamon Edition. MATE is a fork of the GNOME 2 desktop since the GNOME project has abandoned GNOME 2 in order to work on GNOME 3 development. Cinnamon is a project started by Linux Mint in order to include a classic GNOME 2 style interface in a GNOME 3 environment. Both of these flavors are available in 32 bit and 64 bit versions.  Read more

View Images With The Proper EXIF Orientation In Chrome or Chromium

April 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Chromium, FOSS, General, HowTo, image editing, linux, windows 

I receive a lot of emails with photos attached that have been taken in a portrait orientation. Most modern digital cameras and smart phones have orientation sensors that tell the camera if it's been turned on end. When this happens, rather than actually rotate the picture, the camera sets a flag in the image's EXIF data to communicate which way is up in the photo. Read more

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